By Tom Semioli
Given the high profile of his ensemble for four decades and counting, and the even higher profile of the singer and guitarist he serves, he is probably the least recognized of his profession among the iconic collectives in the history of rock music.
Aside from dating a super-model or two, so goes it for Adam Clayton! (Usually) working a Fender Precision or Fender Jazz or permutations thereof, Clayton possesses an instinctive grasp of rhythm and space. His phrasing is fueled by dub, soul, and reggae influences- and he expresses more in three cyclic notes than many of his peers whose fingers fly up and down the neck of their instrument.
As U2 have evolved over the years, so too has Adam’s artistry with regard to melody and pocket playing. The proof is in the work…which leads us to…
Adam Clayton Sound & Vision:
“New Year’s Day,” https://youtu.be/f8BtB4C3Vi8 Inspired by the Polish solidarity movement, it started off as a botched attempt to decipher the chord changes to Visage’s synth-pop hit “Fade to Grey.”
“You’re The Best Thing About Me” https://youtu.be/nd_EYo96lmo
“Staring at the Sun” https://youtu.be/q4Gr8Lf2Bzo
“Get On Your Boots” https://youtu.be/JcDNilZbZg8
“I’ll Go Crazy” https://youtu.be/4q_AHAMVQ9c
“Mysterious Ways” https://youtu.be/TxcDTUMLQJI